A glorious day for apple picking!

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Thanks to the 32 Honors students who joined Dr. Haller, Dr. Weierman, and Honors Assistant Mary Flibbert at Tougas Farm today.   We were especially glad to welcome the students from the “Food Fight” Learning Community and the Honors House residents from Wasylean Hall.   This trip will be back next fall by popular demand!

Committee Meeting TODAY!

Setting up for our first Committee Meeting! Happening today at 2:30pm in the Honors Lounge (LRC 216)! Followed by the first meeting of the Sub-Committee on Civic Engagement and Community Service at 3:15pm! Come down and get some warm, jumbo pretzels and apple cider!! Hope to see you soon!! pretzels

Honors Student publishes book review.

Congratulations to Sarah Leidhold (Honors; English & Education).  The Worcester Journal has published Sarah’s book review of poet Andrea Gibson’s collection Pole Dancing to Gospel Hymns. Sarah wrote the review as one of her assignments in EN 262 (“Creative Writing: Poetry II”) last spring and, on the encouragement of her instructor,  submitted the review for publication.
Sarah also won third place in the Commonwealth Honors Project Awards at the Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity last spring for a chapbook of original poems.

First Annual Boston Trip

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Thanks everyone for a great day in Boston, and congratulations to the winners of the “Secrets of Old Boston” scavenger hunt.  And fortunately the rain didn’t stop us from hitting Mike’s Pastry and Modern Pastry in the North End.

This Boston trip has the makings of an annual tradition: what should we do next year?   Send us your ideas!

Pizza lunch Thursday!

Please join us for the Back to School Pizza Lunch (Thurs., 9/11, noon-1 p.m., Blue Lounge).   Drop-ins are welcome!   Don’t miss the free lunch, honors credit, and good company!
And while you’re in the Student Center, be sure to check out the Study Abroad Fair (10 a.m.-3 p.m.).

5 spaces left for the Boston trip! Sign up today!

First Annual Boston Trip (Sat, 9/13, noon-9 p.m.):

Please join us for a “Secrets of Old Boston” scavenger hunt and dinner in the North End/Quincy Market area.  Please sign up using the honors online RSVP form.  We can accommodate the first 37 students who respond and will maintain an active waitlist.  The bus and scavenger hunt will be paid for by the Honors Program—you will just need to bring cash for dinner.

All travelers/waitlisted travelers will get an acknowledgement/organizational message by Thursday.  Please contact Dr. Weierman with any questions (kweierman@worcester.edu).

“Disruption” Film Screening: Wed, 9/10 at 7 p.m., ST 102

Watch the film… and then learn more about the People’s Climate March in NYC on 9/21.  The Honors Program will reimburse honors students for their bus tickets (you must bring receipts to the Honors Office).

 

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Honors Work Study Position

We have a new work study position available in the Honors Office.   The position would be 4-5 hours/week on Monday, Tuesday, or Friday afternoons (1:30-5).   Please contact Dr. Weierman by 9/12 if you are interested.

Two Exciting Upcoming Honors Events

There are only a few seats left for the First Annual Boston Trip, RVSP online to save your spot! See below for details.

-First Annual Boston Trip (Sat, 9/13, noon-9 p.m.): Please join us for a “Secrets of Old Boston” scavenger hunt and dinner in the North End/Quincy Market area. Please sign up using the honors online RSVP form. The bus and scavenger hunt will be paid for by the Honors Program—you will just need to bring cash for dinner.

 

Don’t forget about our Back to School Pizza Lunch; please RVSP by Monday (9/8) so we can order enough pizza for everyone. See below for details.  

-Back to School Pizza Lunch (Thurs., 9/11, noon-1 p.m.): You are invited to join us for pizza on Thursday, 9/11 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the Blue Lounge (Student Center).  Please sign up using the online RSVP form .  Drop-ins are welcome as well. Don’t miss the free lunch, honors credit, and good company!

Opening Day message: Boston trip, pizza lunch, new Sheehan funding

Dear Honors Students:

We are so pleased to welcome the Class of 2018 and to welcome back all our returning students!   We hope you had a wonderful summer and are ready for the new academic year.

Read on for news about honors traditions, old and new; new honors study abroad scholarships and research grants; and program updates.

EVENTS

-First Annual Boston Trip (Sat, 9/13, noon-9 p.m.): Please join us for a “Secrets of Old Boston” scavenger hunt and dinner in the North End/Quincy Market area. Please sign up using the honors online RSVP form. We can accommodate the first 35 students who respond and will maintain an active waitlist. The bus and scavenger hunt will be paid for by the Honors Program—you will just need to bring cash for dinner.

-Back to School Pizza Lunch (Thurs., 9/11, noon-1 p.m.): You are invited to join us for pizza on Thursday, 9/11 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the Blue Lounge (Student Center).  Please sign up using the online RSVP form by Monday, 9/8 so we can order enough pizza AND so you can earn honors event credit.  Drop-ins are welcome as well. Don’t miss the free lunch, honors credit, and good company!

SHEEHAN GIFT

Lt. Col. James Sheehan has made a generous donation to the Honors Program, which will be used for study abroad scholarships and research/travel grants. Watch your email for information about the application process.

PROGRAM UPDATES

-Honors Team: Dr. Karen Woods Weierman (English) and Dr. Jennifer Hood-DeGrenier (Biology) will remain the Director and Assistant Director.  Mary Flibbert will continue in her position as Honors Program Assistant. Megan Luppi will be returning as our graduate assistant for the fall semester, and OT student Beth Powis (Honors Class of 2014) is our newest graduate assistant.

-Academic requirements: This is a good time to review your schedule/DegreeAudit and make sure that you are on track for your honors requirements (7 honors courses with a grade of B or better; 6 courses for transfer students).  Dr. Hood-DeGrenier and Dr. Weierman can answer any honors advising questions.  Please contact us during the add/drop period if you need assistance with honors courses.

-Co-curricular requirements: Remember that honors students need to attend two events per semester.  These events may be sponsored by our program or by other campus organizations.  Please consult the honors calendar on the blog and web site (or even embed the honors calendar in your own google calendar) and respond using our online RSVP form.  Please let me know if there are any events on campus we’ve missed; we are always glad to add events to the calendar.  The RSVP records are maintained by the graduate assistants; please address any questions to Megan Luppi (mluppi@worcester.edu).

-Honors Office (LRC 218): Honors office hours can be found here and are posted on the web site and blog.

-Honors Lounge (LRC 216): All honors students have swipe card access to the lounge, which is available to you for studying and socializing just about any time the library is open. The lounge is closed on Thursdays from 11-12 for team meetings, as well as for monthly student committee and advisory board meetings.

We are looking forward to working with you this year!

 

Best,

Dr. Weierman and Dr. Hood-DeGrenier

 

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